[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 25 11 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Nov 27 10:28:01 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence
related research and resources. Please email svri at mrc.ac.za if you would
like us to include relevant sexual violence resources and materials in
the SVRI Updates. For more information and resources on sexual violence
and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org

Today's SVRI Update includes the following:
[Summaries directly taken or adapted from source]

I. Websites
II. Online Resources and Publications
III. Journal Articles
IV. Campaigns and Events
V.  Conferences and Courses - Calls For Papers and Applications
VI. Funders
VII. Vacancies

I.  Websites:

Assiwar - Feminist Arab Movement in Support of Victims of Sexual Abuse:
Assiwar is an Arab feminist movement that struggles against oppression
in all its forms and shapes - on the Patriarchal, economical, national
and ethnical level -, as the liberation of society, especially
emancipating the frail and distressed sectors, necessitates combating
all forms of exploitation.  Website: www.assiwar.org

Women's League of Burma:  The Women's League of Burma (WLB) is an
umbrella organization comprising 12 already-existing women's
organizations of different ethnic backgrounds from Burma. WLB was
founded on December 9,1999. Its mission is to work for women's
empowerment and advancement of the status of women, and to work for the
increased participation of women in all spheres of society in the
democracy movement, and in peace and national reconciliation processes
through capacity building, advocacy, research and documentation.
Website:  http://www.womenofburma.org/

The Clothesline Project: Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started
on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women.
It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions
by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be
viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
Website:  http://www.clotheslineproject.org/

Silent Witness:  the Silent Witness initiative began promoting an end to
domestic violence. Our message is one of hope, help and healing for the
victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Website:

KAFA - Lebanon: Website:  http://www.kafa.org.lb/homepage.html

Story Workshop:  Story Workshop has launched a radio project aimed at
addressing the root causes of gender-based violence in order to help
combat the problem in Malawi. Read more:

Oxfam:  To mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender
Violence Campaign Oxfam Publishing is providing free online access to
Oxfam books, journal articles and policy papers on Gender-based
violence. Website:  http://publications.oxfam.org.uk/oxfam/activism.asp

II. Online Resources and Publications:

Children Speak Out: Trafficking Risk & Resilience in Southeast Europe,
Save the Children, 2007: this research report provides an in-depth
analysis of children's perception of risk and resiliency in respect to
trafficking. Available for download online at:

Collateral Damage: The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human
Rights around the World. Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, 2007:
Seven years after the UN Trafficking Protocol was adopted in 2000, the
report is an excellent overview of how some countries are addressing (or
not addressing) the issues. [Source: AWID Friday File]. Available to
download from http://www.gaatw.org 

Young Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, The
International Women's Health Coalition series on young adolescents'
sexual and reproductive health and rights:  IWHC's series on young
adolescents uses evidence on the sexual and reproductive knowledge and
behaviors of 10 - 14-year-olds to argue for more responsive policies and
programs regionally and globally. Read more:

III.  Journal Articles:

Child abuse and chronic pain in a community survey of women. Walsh CA,
Jamieson E, MacMillan H, Boyle M. J Interpers Violence; 22(12): 1536-54.
2007: this study examined the relationship between a self-reported
history of child physical and sexual abuse and chronic pain among women
(N = 3381) in a provincewide community sample. [Source: SafetyLit] Full

Child protection procedures in emergency departments. Sidebotham P, Biu
T, Goldsworthy L. Emerg Med J; 24(12): 831-5. 2007: Emergency
departments (EDs) may be the first point at which children who have been
subject to abuse or neglect come into contact with professionals who are
able to act for their protection. In order to ascertain current
procedures for identifying and managing child abuse, we conducted a
survey of EDs in England and Northern Ireland.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full

Childhood sexual abuse and abuse-specific attributions of blame over 6
years following discovery.  Feiring C, Cleland C. Child Abuse Neglect
2007: The purpose of this study was to examine patterns of change in
attributions for childhood sexual abuse (CSA) over a 6-year period and
whether such patterns were related to abuse severity, age, gender, and
subsequent symptoms of depression and PTSD.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full

Domestic violence and abuse, health status, and social functioning.
McCaw B, Golding JM, Farley M, Minkoff JR. Women Health; 45(2): 1-23.
2007:  Current and past history of domestic violence (DV), including
physical, sexual, and emotional abuse is common among women patients
seen in health care settings and is associated with a higher frequency
of many health problems. However, the association of DV with
self-assessed social functioning is less well known. [Source: SafetyLit]
Full abstract:

Forensic investigation of sex crimes in Colombia. Cabelus NB, Sheridan
GT. J Forensic Nurs; 3(3-4): 112-6. 2007: Victimization by sexual
assault has become not only a public health and safety issue but a way
of life for many in Colombia.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

The Exclusion Inclusion Spectrum in State and Community Response to Sex
Offenders in Anglo-American and European Jurisdictions. Petrunik M,
Deutschmann L. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol 2007: Continental
European and Anglo-American jurisdictions differ with regard to criminal
justice and community responses to sex offenders on an
exclusion-inclusion spectrum ranging from community protection measures
on one end to therapeutic programs in the middle and restorative justice
measures on the other end. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

IV. Campaigns and Events:

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign:   The 16 Days of
Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign
originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored
by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose
the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women
and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to
symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to
emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day
period also highlights other significant dates including November 29,
International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS
Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal
Massacre. Read more:  http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/home.html

NO to Violence Against Women Campaign:  Say NO to Violence against Women
is a global Internet-based advocacy effort on ending violence against
women. Organized by UNIFEM, the initiative is designed to demonstrate
that there is an ever-growing movement of people who raise their voices
and demand that ending violence against women be a top priority.
Website:  http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/vaw_25nov/

openDemocracy 50.50 Initiative - 16 Days of Activism Against Gender
Violence:  Over 16 days, between 25th November and 10th December,
openDemocracy will be running an editorial project in support of the
annual activism against gender violence campaign. openDemocracy will be
publishing articles and podcasts, running a dedicated blog on their
front page and is looking for contributors. For more information please
email Jessica (participation editor at openDemocracy:
jessica.reed at opendemocracy.net) and/or visit

ka-BLOG! Calling all bloggers to contaminate the blogosphere with
activism on VAW for 16 days:  ka-BLOG is a 16-day blog fest for the Take
Back the Tech Campaign. It is open to anyone and everyone - girls, boys,
everyone beyond and more - who want to share their thoughts on violence
against women, and how online communications can exacerbate or help
eliminate VAW. More information: http://www.takebackthetech.net/

E-discussion - "Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles: End
Violence Against Women!", 25 November - 10 December 2007:  The
discussion on AF-AIDS eForum will run for about three weeks from the
beginning until the end of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. To join the
eForum, send a blank email to: af-aids at eforums.healthdev.org or visit
their website: www.healthdev.org/eforums/af-aids 

Global Campaign to "Stop Stoning and Killing Women":  The Global
Campaign to Stop Stoning and Killing Women is initiated by a group of
activists, lawyers, journalists, and academics, who are committed to
ending the stoning and killing of women. For more information, see
http://www.wluml.org, and http://www.stop-stoning.org

V.  Conferences and Courses - Calls For Papers and Applications:

Call for applications for 7th Leadership Course on Gender, Sexuality,
and Health in Southeast Asia and China Southeast Asian Consortium on
Gender, Sexuality, and Health, 25 August to 13 September 2008,
Vientiane, Lao PDR:  This 19-day course aims to provide the participants
with context-specific and gender-sensitive knowledge on sexuality and
sexual and reproductive health in Southeast Asia and China. The deadline
for applications is 30 June 2008. [Source: pacwin]. For more
information, please go to www.seaconsortium.net

Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008, Kampala, Uganda,
June 18-20, 2008:  the Reproductive Health Access, Information and
Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, in collaboration with the
Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium, are inviting
individuals and organisations to submit abstracts for consideration for
this conference.  For further information visit:

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM), 12th Annual Conference -
Mothering, Violence, Militarism, War,and Social Justice, October 23-25,
2008: ARM welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists,
artists, NGOs, community agencies, service providers, journalists,
mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural,
historical, and comparative work is encouraged. ARM encourage a variety
of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines,
workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual
arts, and other alternative formats. Deadline for abstract submissions
is March 1, 2008.  Website:

Call for Papers: World Conference of Women's Shelters - Discovering the
Common Core: Practical Frameworks for Change - Edmonton, Alberta Canada,
September 8 - 11, 2008:  In 2008, ACWS will host the first World
Conference of Women's Shelters. This event will present a new
opportunity for family violence workers in Alberta and around the world
to learn from international experts and each other.  Deadline for
submissions: February 8, 2008 4:00pm MST.  More information:

For more information on events visit the calendar page of the SVRI
website:  http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

VI. Funders:

Global Fund for Women:  The Global Fund for Women makes grants to help
women build more peaceful communities. Grants respond to the short-term
consequences of personal and societal violence through support for
shelters, legal assistance and counseling. Grants also promote long-term
solutions, such as changing public attitudes that condone violence or
running legislative advocacy campaigns. Global Fund grants also support
women's efforts to find peaceful means to resolve military and civil
conflicts. Read more:

For more information on funding links visit the page on funding sources
on the SVRI website:  http://www.svri.org/funding.htm 

VII.  Vacancies:

Program Specialist - Gender / Oxfam Canada / Ottawa, ON, Canada /
Closing date: December 05, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November
2007] Read more:  http://www.oxfam.ca/what-you-can-do/work-for-oxfam

Requests For Proposals: Development of a New Gender Policy / Oxfam
Canada / Ottawa, ON, Canada / Closing date: November 30, 2007. [Source:
AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November 2007] Read more:

Executive Director / The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions(COHRE) /
Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: December 03, 2007. [Source: AWID
Jobs: Week of 26 November 2007] Read more:

Emergency Gender-based Violence Coordinator / The International Rescue
Committee (IRC) / Location: Multiple / Closing date: January 01, 2008.
[Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November 2007] Read more:

Daryl T. Bean Professorship in Law and Women's Studies / The University
of Western Ontario / London, ON, Canada // Closing date: November 30,
2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November 2007] Read more:

Assistant Professor, Women's Studies and Feminist Research / The
University of Western Ontario / London, ON, Canada / Closing date:
November 30, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November 2007] Read
more:  http://www.uwo.ca/womens

Head of Advocacy / Marie Stopes International / London, United Kingdom /
Closing date: Open ended. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November 2007]
Read more:  http://www.mariestopes.org/Vacancies.aspx?rid=1

Head of New Business Development / Marie Stopes International / London,
United Kingdom / Closing date: Open ended. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of
26 November 2007] Read more:

Executive Director / African Women Millennium Initiative on Poverty and
Human Rights (AWOMI) / Dakar, Senegal / Apply ASAP. [Source: AWID Jobs:
Week of 26 November 2007] Read more:  http://www.awomi.org

Director / International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) / Geneva,
Switzerland / Closing date: December 31, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week
of 26 November 2007] Read more:  http://www.ishr.ch,

Trade Intern, Winter/Spring 2008 / Women's Edge Coalition / Washington,
DC, USA / Closing date: December 07, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of
26 November 2007] Read more:  http://www.womensedge.org

Programme Officer - Right to be Heard / Oxfam GB / Hanoi, Vietnam /
Closing date: December 03, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November
2007] Read more:

Deputy Director / Women for Women International / Rumbek, South Sudan /
Closing date: December 31, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November
2007] Read more:  http://www.reliefweb.int, Ref. Code: RW_7979GX-32

Consultant: International Gender Expert / UNDP / Dushanbe, Tajikistan /
Closing date: December 04, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 26 November
2007] Read more:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3135


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